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Company sells perfumes that smell like your dead loved ones

By Mason White 5:31 PM May 4, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
If you would like to the have the smell of your loved one with you forever, you no longer have to keep their pillow or clothes, a company in France said.

Like many people struggling to overcome the death of a loved one, the mother of 52-year-old Katia Apalategui kept the pillow of her late husband.

That inspired Apalategui to think of ways to capture and preserve a person’s individual scent. Apalategui got in touch with the University of Le Havre, which developed a technique to reproduce the human scent.

They took the clothes of the person and extracted the smell. After 4 days, they were able to manufacture a perfume. The powerful link between smell and memory means that the product offers comfort to the family of the deceased.

Apalategui’s son plans to launch the business with the help of a chemist. One bottle of perfume will cost around $600.

Apalategui believes that the product will also be a hot item among children temporarily away from their parents and loved ones.